IIT Delhi students produce cheapest drug for treatment of snake bites


NEW DELHI: Students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi have produced the cheapest and more effective solution for negate the toxic effect of a snake poison by collaboration of San Jose University, US. Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor is a peptide that is known to inactive snake poison.

According to researcher Anurag Rathore, A process for producing highly purified Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor (LTNF) has been developed with the purpose to use for curing when snakes bite to a person.

The product has shown efficiency against rattlesnake and giant poisoner snake and is testing continuously. LTNF based therapy will provide a more cost-effective as well as stable substitute for currently available anti-venoms against snakebite.

“Due to Snakebite various incidents like tissue necrosis, severe haemorrhaging, paralysis, heart failure, and other significant effects can be take place which depends on the type of snake and severity of the bite. it is believed that snake bites to person in the world as a number of 1.84 which number of death is more than 1 million people every year. More than a lakh die every year in India,” he said.